I received this book for free from Netgalley, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: The Lost Platoon #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on September 5, 2017
Genres: Action, Alternate History, Romance
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
The members of a top secret SEAL Team can't keep their passion under wraps in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense series from New York Times bestselling author Monica McCarty.
Like Rome's Lost Legion, a SEAL platoon goes on a mission and vanishes without a trace.
After walking into a trap on a covert op in Russia, the men from top secret SEAL Team Nine are presumed dead. Not knowing whom they can trust, and with war hanging in the balance, the survivors must go dark and scatter around the globe.
Marine ecologist Annie Henderson joins her new boyfriend on a trip to the Western Isles of Scotland to protest a hazardous offshore drilling venture. When she realizes that she may be swept up in something far more dangerous than she'd intended, there is only one man she can turn to. . . .
She and the mysterious but sexy dive boat captain haven't exactly gotten off to the best start, but something about his quiet confidence makes her think that he's the kind of man she can depend on. Because he's gruff and guarded, she can tell Dan Warren has secrets. But she could never imagine how high the stakes are for him to keep his cover, even as he risks everything to protect her. . . .
What can I say about Going Dark after finally getting through it? Well, Going Dark is not a bad story but it definitely wasn’t a fantastic story. Going Dark was just an okay story.
It is one of those military A-Team type stories I have read quite a few times. A platoon goes missing or is blamed when something goes on a mission. In the case of Going Dark it is they go “missing” and it is assumed they were all killed in action. All is not right on the mission and the survivors must go into hiding. So, Dean aka Dan is hiding out in Scotland working on a charter boat. That is how he comes across Annie. Annie has to come to Scotland with her boyfriend Julien and his friends. They hire Dean’s charter boat as part of a plan to protest the oil drilling that is going on off the coast of Scotland. Somehow, Annie finds out her boyfriend Julien betrayed her and is tangled up in some seriously dangerous stuff. Now, Annie is on the run with the hot sea boat captain Dan aka Navy Seal in hiding Dean.
Sadly, I thought this book was going to better than it was. I felt like I was reading this book forever. It was just a middle of the road book with pockets of grab you by the seat of your pants action. My biggest complaint was how freaking long it to get the ball rolling in this story. I think it was about 25% before they were on the run and that is when things really took off both chemistry and plot wise. I will say that I did like chemistry between Dean and Annie. The sexy fun times were definitely sexy. There were definitely a few times I had to fan my face.
Going Dark did have a lot of action that kept my attention towards the end. I just felt like there was something missing though. I wanted more from the overall plot that will be running through this series. The only thing anyone ever says including Dean himself about why they are all in hiding is that “it’s too dangerous and a need to know situation”. I felt like as the reader we should be privy to those need to know secrets. I need more as far Annie and Dean were concerned too. There were just a lot of open ended questions and not many answers. The only answer we get as the reader is that the mystery of week gets tied up nicely. Mostly I just felt like, I just sat through 325 pages and I needed more from this story. I will admit that I am kind of invested in this story now so I will probably be picking up the next book in the series. I need to know what is going with why the SEAL team was ambushed and who wants them dead. I need more and hopefully I will get it in the next book.